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Resolution from the Subcommittee on Admissions of the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning

March 18, 1998

WHEREAS heretofore there has been no formal procedure for establishing, approving or revising admissions policy, and

WHEREAS heretofore there has been no formal faculty oversight of admissions policy and the last WASC accreditation report made note of this as an item needing improvement, and

WHEREAS the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning has established a Subcommittee on Admissions to provide this faculty oversight, and

WHEREAS the Subcommittee on Admissions and the office of Admissions and Records have a signed working arrangement, and

WHEREAS the attached statement of Policies and Proceedures constitutes the actual admissions policies and practices currently in effect. and

WHEREAS these policies compare well with admissions standards at comparable schools, and

WHEREAS it is good to begin faculty oversight of admissions policies,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT that the attached statement of Admissions Policies and Practices should be approved as the official University of Hawai'i at Manoa Admissions Policies and Practices.




First-Time Freshman Applicants

First-time freshman applicants are those who have attended no postsecondary educational institution after leaving high school. Applicants meeting the following criteria are guaranteed admission to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences o the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Other programs that admit freshmen, such as Architecture, Dental Hygiene, Engineering, and TIM are more selective and make their own admissions decisions. (Nursing requires sophomore standing while Business, Education, Medical Technology, Social Work, Speech Pathology and Audiology require junior standing.) Applicants admissible to UH Manoa but inadmissible to a selective program may be accepted into Arts and Sciences' Liberal Arts and pre-professional programs.

High School Course Requirements (Carnegie Units)

4 English
3 Math (including Algebra II and Geometry)
3 Science
3 Social Studies
4 other college prep (higher math, additional science/social studies, foreign language)
5 electives

Test Scores

SAT verbal/math: Resident 510/510; nonresident 560/560


ACT Eng/math/comp: Resident 22/22122; nonresident 25/25/25
TOEFL (for nonnative English speakers): Resident/nonresident 500

Cumulative GPA Resident 2.8; nonresident 3.2 (it may be necessary to adjust a student's GPA to delete grade points awarded for deportment or other non-instructional activities).

Rank Upper 40% of graduating class

A high rating in one area will not ensure admission, nor will poor performance in an area exclude applicants if other evidence shows they may be successful in university level work. Decisions to admit students who fail to meet the above criteria are made by Admissions and Records staff on a case-by-case basis after a full evaluation. At an absolute minimum, an admitted freshman applicant must meet the academic qualifications established by the NCAA in its definition of a "partial qualifier," as contained in its 1996-97 Operating Manual.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are defined as those who enrolled in any postsecondary educational activity subsequent to the completion of high school. Transfer admissions requirements are dependent on the number of prior college credits earned by an applicant. Acceptable prior college credits must be earned in courses that are equivalent to Manoa courses in content and level.

0-23 earned credits College GPA: Resident 2.0; nonresident 2.5 Applicants must also meet freshman admission requirements

24 or more earned credits College GPA: Resident 2.0; nonresident 2.5

Nonresidents whose GPA fall between 2.0 and 2.5 may be admitted by A&R on an exceptional basis. However, no applicant whose GPA falls below 2.0 can be admitted without mutual agreement between A&R and the college/school into which the student seeks admission.

Some programs are more selective, requiring a higher GPA and/or the completion of specific pre-requisite courses. For example, applicants wishing to enter CBA must complete Acct 201-202, Econ 130-131, etc., have junior standing and a minimum 2.7 GPA. Other selective programs include, Architecture, Dental Hygiene, Education, Engineering, Medical Technology, Nursing, SHAPS, SOEST, Social Work, Speech Pathology and Audiology, TIM.

General: The following general guidelines are used by A&R to compute a transfer applicant's cumulative collegiate GPA for admission. These guidelines cannot address all the different grading practices that the admissions staff encounter when reviewing transcripts. In addition, these policies pertain only to the transfer GPA that is calculated for purposes of determining general admission to UH-Manoa.

In calculating the transfer admission GPA A&R uses:

The Admissions and Records Office does not include in the transfer admission GPA:

Evaluating Transfer Credits

General: In general, UH-Manoa accepts credits earned at institutions fully accredited by U.S. regional accrediting associations, provided that such credits are substantially equivalent to courses at UHM, and have been completed with a grade of C (not C-) or better. Courses completed at University of Hawai'i campuses may transfer with a grade of D or better. An evaluation of transfer credits will be undertaken only after a student has been admitted to a program leading to a degree, and confirmed his or her intention to enroll.

Transfer decisions about courses taken at any other University of Hawai'i campus are guided by the current University of Hawai'i Articulation Agreement (E5.209). For additional information, the Web address is

Only course credits are accepted in transfer. Grades and grade points from other institutions do not transfer to UHM. Students may contest a course transfer evaluation by appeal which is decided by the appropriate UHM academic department.

Notable Restrictions on Transfer Credit: Although all qualified courses may be transferred from two-year colleges, UHM applies no more than 60 credits from non-UH community or junior colleges toward the credits required for a bachelor's degree. Other notable restrictions on transfer credit include:

Courses Receiving No Credit: Courses not accepted for transfer credit include, but are not limited to, the following:

Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified (PBU) Applicants

Post-baccalaureate unclassified students are those who have earned a recognized bachelor's degree and wish to enroll for coursework as unclassified students. (The Graduate Division has reserved the term "graduate" student for those formally admitted to graduate fields of study.)

PBU applicants must submit an original transcript from the institution that awarded them their baccalaureate degree. The institution must be a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. If the institution is located outside the U.S., it must be an institution recognized by UHM and its degree must be equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree (i.e., a four-year college degree undertaken after completion of 12 years of primary/secondary education).

The TOEFL test may be required if the degree was earned in a country where the national language is not English, or the student's native language is not English.

International students on temporary visas are generally ineligible for unclassified admission.

Second-Degree Applicants

Second degree applicants have already received a recognized bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a second bachelor's degree at Manoa. These applicants are generally treated like transfer applicants. They must have achieved a cumulative 2.0 GPA (residents) or 2.5 GPA (nonresidents) in their first baccalaureate degree program. Second bachelor's degree students ace admitted by Manoa schools and colleges. Business does not admit any second-degree students; anc other colleges, such as Arts and Sciences, consider them only on a case-by-case basis.

Returning Applicants

Returning applicants are students who were enrolled at UHM, left voluntarily or involuntarily, and wish to re-enroll without having attended another institution during the interim. Students who left in good standing or who were placed on academic probation or academic suspension are usually eligible to return to the programs they left. This is not the case, however, with more selective programs, i.e., Architecture, Business, Dental Hygiene, Education, SHAPS, Medical Technology, Nursing, SOEST, Social Work, Speech Pathology and Audiology, TIM. Students who were academically dismissed may return only under exceptional circumstances and must have the approval of their college/school to be readmitted.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Manoa Faculty Senate
1630 Bachman Place. BA 9-E Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-7725 Facsimile (808) 956-9813

February 26, 1998

CAPP Admissions Subcommittee working arrangement with Admissions and Records

University of Hawaii at Manoa undergraduate admissions policies and procedures fall under the joint purview of the Faculty Senate and the Admissions and Records Office. As a public research university, Manoa's undergraduate admissions process must be fair and open and reflect its institutional mission.

The Manoa Faculty Senate's Committee on Academic Policy and Planning has created a standing Subcommittee on Admissions to provide faculty oversight for admissions policies and practices and related matters. One of its duties will be to serve as a link between the Faculty Senate and the undergraduate admissions office. The Subcommittee shall also serve as a liaison between the Admissions and Records Office and other Faculty Senate committees such as the Committee on Athletics.

The Subcommittee shall meet regularly with representatives of the admissions office to review existing policies and practices, consider proposed changes, and address outstanding issues and concerns. As appropriate, the subcommittee shall prepare recommendations for action by the Manoa Faculty Senate. In particular, all changes to admissions policies shall be forwarded via CAPP and the SEC to the Manoa Faculty Senate for review and action.

In addition to its role as liaison to Admissions and Records, the duties of the Subcommittee on Admissions include consideration of any other admissions related matter.

William A. Lampe, Chair
CAPP Subcommittee on Admissions
David D. Robb, Director
Admissions and Records

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